What is Botox?
Aging takes its toll on the face. Wrinkles appear, the face loses volume, and creases form where we smile and squint. Botox is the most popular injectable that address some of these signs of aging. Botox is derived from the botulinum toxin, which, when injected into a muscle in very small amounts, is able to paralyze muscle activity for a certain period of time.
What does Botox treat?
Botox treats facial wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead furrows, and skin bands commonly found on the neck. Creases and wrinkles are caused by repeated muscle contractions when we perform an action such as smiling. The botulinum toxin works by blocking the muscular nerve signals so the muscle doesn’t contract, lessening the appearance of the corresponding wrinkles.
What happens during a Botox procedure?
It is important for Botox to be delivered by an experienced injector since it requires extensive knowledge of facial muscle structure, along with precision and skill to achieve the desired results. The injections are delivered directly into specific facial muscles through a very thin needle. We target only the specific muscles that are responsible for wrinkling, so your natural facial expressions aren’t affected by the procedure.
A Botox session only takes about 15 minutes. The number of injections needed by the patient depends on the extent of the wrinkles present and his or her facial features. For example, forehead furrows could take five or more shots while crow’s feet only require two to three.
Are there risks associated with Botox injections?
Like any treatment, Botox injections pose a few risks. Aside from the common side effects — minor swelling and bruising at the treated sites — there are other potential complications such as drooping eyelids, drying of the eyes or excessive tearing, crooked smile, and cockeyed eyebrows. These complications can occur if the injections are not correctly placed, which is why it is important to choose only qualified injectors to do the job.
What can I expect during my recovery from Botox?
There is no downtime with Botox, so you can return to work or your routine immediately after your appointment. Avoid massaging the treated areas for the first six hours after treatment, as the Botox can migrate to other unwanted areas in the face and lead to facial drooping or weakness.